POLS5612 World Politics: Muslims in the West

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines the construction of Muslim identities in western liberal societies and the importance for these identities of the different interactions between Islamic home countries and western societies. It looks at the presence of Muslims in western societies in terms of an action–reaction phenomenon in which different outlooks, ideas, institutions and nodes of information and authenticity interact to create an environment in which identities are shaped. The unit aims to provide an understanding of the nature of relations between Islam and western societies with particular reference to the effects of phenomena of inclusion and exclusion on the construction of Muslim identities in western liberal democracies.
Students are able to (1) understand how phenomena of inclusion and exclusion affect identities created by Muslim minorities in western liberal societies, such as Australia, the USA and Western Europe, by participating in the seminar program; (2) analyse and assess different opinions about a specific question concerning Muslim identities in the West, through a research essay; and (3) apply skills of critical comprehension and analysis, by undertaking an end-of-semester examination, to clarify the nature of Muslim identities in western societies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research essay; (2) test; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Unit rules
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
Contact hours
seminars: 18 hours
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